Nikon’s new $700 D3200: 24-megapixel dSLR with optional WiFi

Nikon updates its entry-level digital SLR with 24-megapixel resolution, 30fps 1080p video, and a new optional WiFi adapter.

(Nikon D3200 image courtesy of Nikon.)

(Nikon D3200 and WU-1 images courtesy of Nikon.)

We've been seeing a lot of action among high-end digital SLRs lately (with announcements for the Nikon D4 and D800 as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 1D C already this year).  But entry-level offerings have been scarce, with their market slowly but surely being eroded by interchangeable lens compact cameras (like the Olympus OM-D among a slew of others) and full-featured high-end compacts (such as the Canon PowerShot G1 X).  In fact, Sony is the only camera maker to have announced entry-level dSLRs in the last year (with the Nikon D5100 announced just about a year ago and my most-recommended entry-level dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, having been announced in February of last year).

So, today's announcement of the Nikon D3200 is ready to take the entry-level market up a notch. Perhaps most notably, Nikon ramped up resolution from the 14.2-megapixel sensor of its predecessor the D3100, to 24.2 megapixels, while still ratcheting up continuous shooting speed to 4 fps at full resolution (from 3fps in the 3100). The other big news is the optional WiFi connectivity. In addition to compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards, the D3200 also accepts Nikon's new WU-1 Wireless Mobile Adapter ($59.95), which attaches to the cameras USB port and can send images to other devices via WiFi, as well as allowing you to preview images and control the camera remotely.

Other key improvements include:

  • Full 1080p HD video recordingat 24-, 25-, and 30fps
  • Full autofocus and manual exposure controls while shooting video
  • Stereo microphone input jack
  • 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD
  • New red body-color option

The Nikon D3200 will ship with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for $699.95 in late April.